Pemberton Distillery in British Columbia, Canada, makes this vodka from local organic potatoes grown just a few miles away. Charcoal filtered and blended with water from the nearby Coast Mountains, Schramm bottles the finished product at 80 proof. Schramm is made by a Scotland-trained distiller, and you’ll find plenty of of those fingerprints all over this spirit.
What an unusual and intriguing spirit (the company calls it “assertive”). The nose comes across almost like a white whiskey, heavy with earthy notes, and a character that recalls bundled wood. On the tongue, it’s hot stuff, again full of the essence of the earth — and even a little hint of raw potato. Lots of fruity notes within, plus spicy red pepper, bittersweet chocolate, caramel, and some floral notes. That’s a lot going on, but the finish, which brings out some burlier, tannin-like characteristics. It winds up somewhere between medicinal and pastoral… and I’m still trying to make sense of it.
Give this one a try, especially if you’re looking for something wholly unique in the vodka world.
B+ / $44 / pembertondistillery.ca
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